So you’ve finally decided to cut bait on your old laptop. You’re tired of waiting 10 minutes for Windows to boot, tired of programs that take forever to load, and tired of viruses and spyware gumming up the works.
In other words, it’s time for a new machine. And for around $500 (less if you’re willing to buy a refurbished or closeout model), you can get yourself something mighty nice.
But what about the old laptop? What should be its fate? You probably can’t sell it for much, and in its current condition, it’s not much good as a hand-me-down.
Know what I’d do? Wipe the hard drive (after retrieving all your data from it, of course) and install Linux. That may sound like a techie, nerds-only solution, but hear me out. The whole process is easier than you might think, and it results in a laptop that feels brand new—maybe even better than new.